The Daniel and Jessie Lie Farber Gravestone Photograph Collection
Scope and Contents
The approximately 500 stones featured in this collection are only a portion of the over 9,300 stones the Farbers photographed. Both the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) and Yale Universty Art Galleries own complete sets of the photographs and slides, and 27 other institutions, including AFAM, received smaller sets of prints. The Farbers and AAS collaborated to digitize the complete set of Farber photographs, as well as gravestone photograph collections by Harriette Merrifield Forbes and Dr. Ernest Caulfield. These can be found: http://luna.davidrumsey.com:8280/luna/servlet/view/all?sort=Name,Dates
The photographs are all in excellent condition.
- Majority of material found within 1976 - 1984
- Farber, Daniel L., (1906-1998) (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
The Farbers photographed over 9,300 gravestone, mostly in the northeastern United States, but as far west as Texas as well as internationally. The Farbers were primarily interested in gravestones carved before 1800, and as such, this collection presents a portrait of early American thoughts on life and death.
While Daniel Farber was a businessman who devoted his free time to his interest in photography, Jessie Lie was a professional photographer as well as a teacher. Both were interested not only in the historical significance of the stones, but the folk art aspects as well. In fact, Jessie Lie's interest began after seeing gravestone rubbings at the Whitney Museum in 1974. By the time of their marriage in 1978, the Farbers were photographing as a team, and photographing early American gravestones almost exclusively.
The Farbers made many contributions to the study of early American gravestones, including improving the technique for photographing gravestones, enhancing the interest in this unique art form, and the important act of preserving graphics and inscriptions as the stones begin to degrade in their natural environments.
266 photographic print(s)
305 photographic slide(s)
17 object(s) : (2 concrete replicas; 15 photographic replicas mounted on masonite)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- A Guide to the Daniel and Jessie Lie Farber Gravestone Photograph Collection
- Mimi Lester
- December 2015
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Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository